What's New

DDI Alliance Welcomes New Members

The DDI Alliance is pleased to announce that two new members have recently come on board:

 

·         Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA), with Dr. Steven McEachern as the Expert Committee representative

·         University of Toronto Scholars Portal, with Leanne Hindmarch as the Expert Committee representative

 

We look forward to working with these new members.

The Data Documentation Initiative [DDI] XML Standard : Workshop on Implementation of DDI3 - Advanced Topics

November 2-6, 2009
GESIS Workshop at the Leibniz Center for Informatics
Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany

Facilitators:
Arofan Gregory (Open Data Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Wendy L. Thomas (Minnesota Population Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Joachim Wackerow (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany)
Mary Vardigan (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, USA)

Goals

The goal of this symposium-style workshop is to produce a detailed use case literature covering the technical aspects of DDI3 implementation. Some selected exploratory topics like interoperability with other domains and technologies will also be examined.

Description of the Workshop

Implementations and planned implementations will be presented by a number of attendees and discussed by other presenters and invited experts. This workshop provides an opportunity to share experiences with other advanced implementers of DDI3 and experts in the DDI3 technical specification, obtain a real time peer review and create the beginnings of a strong use case literature for DDI3 implementations. The hosts and participants in the workshop are expected to look critically at the use cases presented and provide any input that is appropriate.

Expected Results

Use cases discussed at the workshop will be written up and published in the new DDI Alliance On-line Working Paper Series.

Contact

The names of interested organizations and individuals should be sent to ddi-expert-workshop@icpsr.umich.edu. Please provide contact information, area of interest, and area of expertise for each individual, information regarding DDI 3 implementation, and a statement of what each individual can contribute to the workshop. Any questions regarding this event should be directed to ddi-expert-workshop@icpsr.umich.edu

More information

Call for Papers for 1st Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting

1st Annual European DDI Users Group Meeting:
"DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle"

Place: IDSC of IZA, Bonn, Germany
Date: December 4, 2009
Submission Deadline: Extended to October 22, 2009

Organizers:
Nikos Askitas (IZA), Joachim Wackerow (GESIS), Georgios Tassoukis (IZA)

Hosted by the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of IZA.

EDDI 2009 is organized jointly by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

The inaugural meeting will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe. Anyone interested in developing, applying, or using DDI is invited to attend and present.

We are very delighted that Kevin Schürer, Director of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) and the UK Data Archive (UKDA), will deliver the plenary speech to EDDI 2009 (Title: Why DDI must succeed and the perils of it not doing so), and that the DDI Alliance will be sponsoring a half day DDI course on Thursday December 3 to be taught by Wendy Thomas, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center.

We are seeking presentations, talks, papers, posters on all things DDI:

  • Case Studies
  • Mature implementations
  • Early Implementations
  • Interplay of DDI with other standards or technologies
  • Projects in early phases in which DDI is under consideration
  • Critiques of DDI

We strongly encourage papers in different areas to ensure that a broad balance of topics is covered which will attract the greatest breadth of participants, and we encourage conference participants to propose papers and posters that would be of interest to themselves and other attendees.

Submission

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please use the online submission system at IZA. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2009. Please keep your presentation to 20 minutes or shorter.

There will be a subsidized rate for registration of 35 EUR per person. The fee is applicable to everyone taking part or contributing to the conference.

Further information is available at:
http://www.iza.org/eddi09

The poster of the event may be found here:
www.ddialliance.org/sites/default/files/ddi-europe-2009.pdf

DDI 3 Workshop to be Held in October in Germany

Using DDI 3 to Support Preservation, Management, Access, and Dissemination Systems for Social Science Data

October 26-30, 2009
GESIS Workshop at the Leibniz Center for Informatics
Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany

Course Instructors:
Arofan Gregory (Open Data Foundation, Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Wendy L. Thomas (Minnesota Population Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Joachim Wackerow (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim, Germany)

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) has produced an international XML standard for the use of lifecycle information about social science research data. Version 3.0 was published in April 2008. DDI facilitates the automation of documentation and production systems for the delivery of social science data. This workshop is geared toward the staff of archives and data producing agencies. The five-day structure of this workshop provides the participants with an opportunity for in-depth assistance on the specialized features of DDI that are important to their organization's activities.

New features in DDI 3 support

  • metadata capture from planning and production to dissemination and analysis
  • reuse of metadata to drive subsequent production or analysis processes
  • ISO 11179 compliant data registries such as question, variable, and concept banks
  • grouping of study series for longitudinal and comparative research
  • capturing comparative information for the creation of harmonized data
  • improved capture of archival information for data organization and management

The workshop provides the opportunity to get an in-depth look at this major new release of DDI. The workshop is organized in cooperation with the DDI Alliance. Further information on DDI can be found below.

Intended audience: anyone interested in DDI, no prior knowledge of DDI or XML is required.

First European DDI Users Meeting to Be Held in Bonn

The International Data Service Center (IDSC) of IZA and GESIS are hosting the first annual European DDI User Group Meeting, or EDDI. This meeting is being arranged by Nikos Askitas (IZA) and Joachim Wackerow (GESIS). EDDI 2009 will take place December 4, 2009, at the IDSC of IZA in Bonn, Germany. The day before on December 3, the DDI Alliance will sponsor a half-day DDI course on "Putting DDI to Work for You!"  

The attached flyer offers more information on these events.

New Member Joins DDI Alliance

The DDI Alliance is pleased to welcome a new member -- Survey Research Operations (SRO), a unit of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Sue Ellen Hansen, Director of the Technical Systems Group at SRO, will serve as the representative to the DDI Expert Committee.

DDI Training Offered in Bethesda, MD

The Next Frontier in Documenting Survey Data: What Data Producers and Archivists Need to Know about DDI, XML and SDMX December 2, 2008 9:30am - 3:30pm EDT, 4350 East West Highway Suite 800 Bethesda, MD 20814

This free, one-day workshop, sponsored by NORC at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the Open Data Foundation, is intended for a non-technical audience and is targeted at data producers and archivists. The objectives of the workshop are twofold:

  • To provide an introduction to the basics of some emerging data documentation standards, such as the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), eXtensible Markup Language (XML), and Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange Standard (SDMX)
  • To encourage adoption of these emerging data documentation standards

Please RSVP to Timothy M. Mulcahy by November 17, 2008, or call 301-634-9352.

DDI Training Offered

DDI 3.0 training, sponsored by German Social Science Infrastructure Services, Centre for Survey Research and Methodology (GESIS-ZUMA), will again be offered at Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics, November 3-7, 2008. This workshop is geared toward the staff of archives and data producing agencies. The multi-day structure of the workshop provides participants with an opportunity for in-depth assistance on the specialized features of DDI that are important to their organizations' activities.

Alliance Welcomes New Member

The DDI Alliance is pleased to announce that the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University has joined the Alliance. Ann Starkey will serve as the representative to the Expert Committee.

DDI 3.0 Officially Approved

The DDI Alliance has approved the latest version of the DDI specification, DDI 3.0, and the specification has now been officially published. The Alliance reviewed the specification and related use cases and implementations during the month of April and then voted to ratify DDI 3.0 officially. A Web page devoted to DDI 3.0 is available for those who are interested in learning more about the specification.